The Diary of a Nobody (Prion Humour Classics)

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"Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see, because I do not happen to be a "Somebody," why my diary should not be interesting." So wrote the anxious, accident-prone, occasionally waspish, Charles Pooter, who has come to be seen as the epitome of English suburban life. His diary chronicles encounters with difficult tradesmen, the delights of home improvements, small parties, minor embarrassments, and problems with his troublesome son. The suburban world he inhabits is hilariously and painfully familiar in its small-mindedness and its essential decency. Wonderfully illustrated with Grossmith's line drawings, this very amusing Victorian comedy created in Charles Pooter a cultual icon and English archetype. Both celebration and critique, Diary of a Nobody has often been imitated, but never duplicated.

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George Grossmith, son of a law reporter and entertainer, was born in 1847. For some years he worked as a journalist, reporting Police Court proceedings for The Times, and in 1870 began his career as a singer and entertainer. His special connection with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, many of the chief parts of which were his 'creations' began at the Opera Comique. His A Society Clown: Reminiscences was published in 1888, followed by a further volume of reminiscences, Piano and I: Further Remembrances. He died in 1912. Weedon Grossmith, brother of George, was born in 1854. He was educated at the Slade and the Royal Academy with a view to following a career as a painter, and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy.Joining a theatre company in 1885, he toured the provinces and America. His novel, A Woman with a History, was published in 1896, and the best-known of his many plays, The Night of the Party, was published in 1901. He died in 1919.

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